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The Etiquettes of Making Dua: How to Get Your Prayers Answered

by in Soul on 22nd November, 2020

During the blessed month of Ramadan, we usually spend our time worshipping Allah SWT through reading the Quran, increasing our salah (i.e. going to the masjid for Tarawih), and giving more in charity. But SubhanAllah we have been given the tool of worshipping Allah SWT through the beauty of du’a.

Now I am a firm believer in du’a and the power that it holds, and how it can really transform our lives. People who know me well, know that they will find du’a in my speech via text, WhatsApp or messages over Instagram, and even in person. You know … du’a is amazing, because it is you calling out to Allah SWT and having a conversation with Him; you are asking the Almighty for whatever your heart desires. Which is why I make du’a for literally everything in life.

So where am I going with this?

During the month of Ramadan, we should be increasing the amount of du’a we make because

An-Nu’man bin Bashir (RA) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,“Du’a (supplication) is worship.” [Abu Dawud]

SubhanAllah! How amazing is this?! You don’t need wudu or have to pray or have to go anywhere, but you can just call out to Allah and there is reward?! That is a form of worship?! So how do you get your du’a answered?

1. Have faith & learn His names

Based on the etiquettes of du’a we need to first have faith that Allah SWT will answer them, but also we need to praise Allah in the most beautiful way. The way in which we can do this is by calling out to Allah SWT by His most beautiful Names. For instance, if I want to make a du’a for more wealth, then I would say Ya Razzaq (the Provider), Ya Kareem (the Most Generous), please grant me more wealth so that I can buy a house/ so that I can buy a car. Please ensure my money is halal.

If I want to make a du’a for marriage then I would say Ya Wadud (the Most Loving), Ya Wali (the Protecting Friend), please help me find a loving wife/ husband, or please grant me a righteous spouse ,or please enable me to marry the person I want to be with, or please make my nikah this year a success. So for anything you want in life, find a Name of Allah SWT that corresponds to what you are asking for, and then formulate your du’a based on that.

2. Be in a state of Wudu & face the Qibla

To increase your chances of your du’a to be accepted, try to make du’a with wudu, facing the Qibla, and at times and in places when they are accepted.

So for instance; Abu Umamah RA reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked: “At what time does the supplication find the greatest response?” He (PBUH) replied,“A supplication made during the middle of the last part of the night and after the conclusion of the obligatory prayers.” (Tirmidhi)

3. Make du’a at key times

Other times where you can make du’a are between the iqamah and the adhan, when it is raining, during the hours of tahajjud, when travelling, when fasting, etc. These are the fundamental things to remember if you want your du’a to be answered.

So how I can really get my du’a accepted this Ramadan?

4. Pray during the Nights of Power

The answer to that is Laylatul Qadr. Allah ﷻ (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Quran: The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace is until the emergence of dawn. [Quran: 97:3-5]

So can you imagine—Laylatul Qadr is the equivalent of 83 years of worship—imagine making du’a every single night of the last ten nights of Ramadan? Surely your du’a will be answered; after all, isn’t du’a a form of worship? Allah is As-Sami’ (the All-Hearing), so of course, Allah SWT hears everything you say.

This year make it your mission to make as much du’a as you can, to fill your heart’s desire, every night of the last ten nights this Ramadan, and I am certain that your du’a will be answered. After all, Allah SWT never says No. It’s either Yes, Yes but later, or I have a better plan for you. So believe in the power of du’a because you have the power to transform your life, and have everything you could think of, simply by making du’a to Allah.

5. Believe and know it will be answered

All you have to do now is believe in it and know that your du’a is going to be answered. Allah is the most loving and the most merciful, and He never leaves us empty-handed. It makes my heart melt knowing how loving Allah SWT is. If I could express to you how much du’a has changed my life, I would. But it would never be enough to show how merciful Allah is. May Allah accept all our du’a. May He make all our dreams come true, and may He accept all our fasts and good deeds during this blessed month.

Love you all for the sake of Allah.

Bina Begum

Bina Begum

Bina lives in the UK. She is originally from Bangladesh, and works as a Biomedical Scientist in blood bank in a diagnostic laboratory specialising in haematology, coagulation and blood transfusion. She's the one who tests your blood samples when they get taken in the GP or the hospital. She works behind the scenes testing your bloods by using the machines, looking under the microscope or carrying out tests in test tubes. Doctors cannot diagnose up to 70% of their patient's illness without them testing the patient's bloods which is pretty awesome, her job is pretty important. Bina also works with trauma and cancer patients every day, which she finds huge blessing in, knowing that she is saving a life every day. Her hobbies and interests involve photography, gym, and travelling.